Tuning Guitars

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  1. Meatwad

    Meatwad Senior Member

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    I like to get my guitar perfectly in tune with my Peterson strobe tuner app.....then I reach up, randomly twist the keys in a few different directions, and play some Sweet Child of Mine.
     
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  2. Freddy G

    Freddy G V.I.P. Member

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    Wow. That's ludicrous. Those people are not musicians if that's how they think about it. When you name a note it's always in musical terms, not whether the note is physically located closer to the floor or ceiling on your particular instrument.

    Can you imagine Jeff Healey using that method of description? 'Hey Fred! I think my upstage E is flat!'
     
  3. GitFiddle

    GitFiddle Senior Member

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    I stomp on the Korg Pitchblack on my pedal board and turn the tuning key until the red hashes go away leaving the green hash mark in the center, for each note. I always tune the fat strings first since they have more tension and can effect the neck and the skinny strings the most. I always tune up at the beginning of each set instead of after. The guitar and the strings will change when it sits unattended during the break.
     
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  4. Tone deaf

    Tone deaf Senior Member

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    When I bring it up or down a half step for whatever reason, there are always going to be two tunings. Get it close, then get it right. On the first try, the future difference in string tension, of the strings you have not yet tuned, will throw the strings you have tuned out of whack. I have tried it every which way to see if I can get it done in one tuning, but that never seems to happen.

    With some guitars and when playing by (not with) myself, I will sometimes use relative tuning.
     
  5. ehb

    ehb Chief Discombobulator Premium Member

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    On a whammy guitar:

    ||: Tune | Cuss | Tune | Cuss :||


    :cool:
     
  6. S. Rock

    S. Rock Senior Member

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    I have a Korg Chromatic tuner for my just around the house tuning. on my pedal board, I have a Korg Pitchblack tuner. with the chromatic tuner, I can tune "standard" or "open" tuning. it works pretty good for me and I ain't that "picky" about tuning. I also have an autoharp in the house that needs tuning.
     
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  7. Dilemma

    Dilemma Loud Pipes Ruin Naps Premium Member

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    I tune my guitar to a chord. Any chord, like for example a G. Y'all ever tried that? You can write some really stupid songs automatically tuned to a chord! They all kinda sound the same but that's part of the allure!
     
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  8. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    I live in a trailer in Central Texas, about 1/4 mile from the Pedernales. The tuning gets a little shaky here, wet/dry, hot/cold.
     
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  9. Rich

    Rich Non sequitur Premium Member

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    I tune up, from flat to in pitch and I have two Sonic Research Turbo Tuners (one on my live board and one at home) - they are super accurate and fast as hell.

    I didn't read the entire thread but if anyone mentioned the Korg Pitch Black, it's a nice tuner for the money (I own one of those too), but there is simply no comparison.

    One more thing - I successfully tuned by ear for around 25 years until I bought a tuner and found out that my ear wasn't as accurate as a good tuner. Killed my ego, but oh well - better than sounding like shit.
     
  10. Bobby Mahogany

    Bobby Mahogany Senior Member

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    Like I was told by some guy that he liked when guitarists solo low on the neck (near the body) ...
     
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  11. Frogfur

    Frogfur Senior Member

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    I too have a method. What i do is tune the 1st string, NO1. Then the 6th, 2nd, 5th and 3d and forth in that order almost every time.
    Just me.
    When i tune straight up, then check 1 again..I'm chase'n my own tail seems like.
     
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  12. Frogfur

    Frogfur Senior Member

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    Is that tune that Slash guy ?
     
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  13. Frogfur

    Frogfur Senior Member

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    Very cool all the different tuners. Rich, i couldn't see a floor tuner on a dark stage!
    It's really why i have this clip on peterson strobe.
    I can see that on the headstock. It's ok.
    Once that thing is caged though, that string is pretty good.
     
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  14. Meatwad

    Meatwad Senior Member

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    Yeah Baby!!
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  15. Frogfur

    Frogfur Senior Member

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    I don't know how long i had this thing.
    Still works.
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    I either twist these or
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    press that little button on the bottom left.:rofl:
     
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    KSG_Standard Senior Member

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    Usually by ear, sometimes with my Boss GT3. A weird side note...my Tele and my maple necked ES135 don't require nearly as much tuning as my Lester. I suspect that that the maple necks are more stable. I'm just spitballing though...I have no idea why.
     
  18. SteveC

    SteveC Village Elder V.I.P. Member

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    Tune your guitar to Open-G and throw it down the stairs. By the time it reaches the bottom, you've just written a Rolling Stones song :)
     
  19. Frogfur

    Frogfur Senior Member

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    My telecaster hardly ever needs tuning.
     
  20. Frogfur

    Frogfur Senior Member

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    In Keef's instance..fall down the stairs.
     

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